Bar Hop Brew Co.

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Just around the corner from its flagship location on King Street, owners Robert Pingitore and James Macdonald have opened Barhop Brew Co; it’s massive, creative big sister.  Occupying three stories on Peter Street fringing of the club district, the same extensive list of craft beers remains the backbone of this successful franchise however the kitchen has evolved and the sheer size of the space has redefined the idea of pub dining.

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The first floor has seating for up to 72 people while providing USB ports and wall sockets for those needing both a literal and libational recharge. The centerpiece, as it should be, is the main bar offering a regularly rotation of 36 plus craft beers pulled from a stunning cast iron draft tower.  An ambitious selection of fine bourbons, whiskeys and scotch allows for a creative cocktail list while directly behind the bar a metal caged area is primed for onsite brewing and proofing.

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Opening a restaurant with so much real estate requires a lot of patience and foresight. Pingitore and MacDonald have kept things in check by finishing the remaining floors in steps; the 90 seat TV-free dining room is slated for late Winter/early Spring and a summer reveal of their 100 plus person rooftop patio.

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Further setting itself apart from the original the owners have brought in head chef Mark Cutara formally from Cowbell to elevate the food beyond typical gastropub fare. Offering snacks, salads, sandwiches, mains and shared mains Cutara shows why his knowledge of the whole animal, nose to tail movement is so valuable. Almost everything is made in house from his own pickles and beef pepperettes to the Pig’s Head nachoes, a customer favorite.

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Potato churros with Nori salt and lemon aioli and scotch olives, green olives encased in Italian sausage, pimento cheese and breaded are outstanding shareables and make sure you ask you server for a perfect pint to accompany them.  The menu is heavily curated to pair well with what’s on tap and their knowledgeable staff will set you up for a great experience.

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 With the burgeoning Craft beer scene expanding Torontonians taste buds Barhop Brew Co. is a perfect spot to supply adventurous brews and intoxicating eats.

 

Bar Hop Brew Co.

137 Peter St.

647-348-1137

 

Prenup Pub

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At first glance on their web page the impression you get of the Prenup Pub is one of post secondary schtick. A witty, yet profoundly long “agreement” explains the importance of drinking responsibly while also putting a bug in the ear of the reader about the other establishments under the same ownership. Located along the slightly frayed edge of the University of Toronto proper, this cozy two story European pub boast an exorbitant list of beers on and off tap.

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And while the students probably don’t need another popular watering hole, the Prenup Pub is a perfect place for the tired, over studied, slightly hungover to get away from sushi and ramen and fast food take out and enjoy hearty, creatively developed pub style meals. With a cozy interior gluttonous of space for large crowds, locals can nurse their too many late nights with a cold one pulled from the bar and a plate of homesick curing grub.

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European twists on Canadian Favorites are abundant across the menu from the German or Belgian Poutine to “sausage roll” like Braised Lamb in Phyllo.  Standard dishes like Pork Schnitzel and a Wurst salad of sausage, pickles, garlic, hers and mustard that is so full of unique flavor are so well delivered that it would not be hard to return multiple times in one week just to eat your way through the menu.

Waterzooi (Chicken Stew)

Waterzooi (Chicken Stew)

Wurst Salad

Wurst Salad

Pork Schnitzel

Pork Schnitzel

Braised Lamb in Phyllo

Braised Lamb in Phyllo

And if diners feel like sticking to the Saturday regulars ordering pizza will still impressed with it’s puff pastry crust.

Prenup Pizza

Prenup Pizza

Mussels

Mussels

 

Probably the best dish sampled was an instant brunch hangover cure of the Madame Monsieur Waffles.  Chimay ham, cheese, and an over hard fried egg top traditional Belgian waffles that is the perfect combination of sweet, savour and greasy. Served with frites it is sure to be the weekenders special.

Madame Monsieur Croque

Madame Monsieur Croque

If the norm is for restaurants to be a reflection of their neighbourhoods, Prenup Pub tosses that out the window and offers an experience of great food and boozy atmosphere.

Prenup Pub

191 College St
Toronto, ON M5T 1P9
Phone: 416.506 4040
 
*I was invited to taste the menu of this restaurant free of charge.  All opinions are completely my own.